Pia Toscano’s elimination on this year’s “American Idol” was arguably the most shocking. Many viewers thought she was a contender and should’ve lasted longer. As we all know in the world Idol, it’s not where you place, but rather what you do with your national exposure. Chris Daughtry, Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert all didn’t win, but have certainly made the most of their Idol fame and achieved more success than most of the Idol winners. Will Pia Toscano follow suit or become Idol also-ran roadkill?

The stunning brunette debuted her first single on Ryan Seacrest’s show yesterday. “This Time” is a mid-tempo song written by Ester Dean who’s responsible for such hits like “S&M,” “Rude Boy” and “What’s My Name” for Rihanna and also Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass”. Dean also co-wrote this season’s Idol win Scotty McCreery’s coronation song, “I Love You This Big“. So what does her new single sound like?

It’s more in the vein of McCreery than Rihanna. “This Time” sounds very Celine Dion-lite and other numerous songs you’d hear on adult contemporary stations. In fact, the track and vocals remind me of another previous Idol contestant… Katherine McPhee. I’m almost certain this won’t be the breakout hit Toscano is looking for, but I could be wrong. It’s a little surprising she didn’t come out the gates with a soaring ballad. We all know she loves doing those. Check out her debut single below. WARNING!!! You might find yourself falling asleep midway through the track. LOL.

“This Time” Chorus

This time, this time I’m gonna do it my away
This time, I’m finding out the hard away
This time, I’m gonna go back to the girl I was on the night you found me
No more, closing back the real me
Just wait, in a minute you’ll see
This time, is in time, it’s my time
Getting back to the real me

Pia Toscano “This Time”

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